Working with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Mental health disorders are complex illnesses that affect our brain and our behavior. Along with having an issue with substance use disorders, many people suffer with other mental health disorders at the same time – depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and many others. At Online Recovery, we do not see any one issue as defining a patient. Rather, all the issues in a person’s life which cause distress are factors that must be addressed. Our program is a holistic approach to recovery, designed to provide the education, counseling, and medication necessary to reduce the distress caused by these issues. Additionally, we work to encourage a greater participation in community, spiritual, physical exercise, meditation and family activities to bring greater joy into your life. Under the Guiding Principles of Recovery developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recovery “encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit and community. The idea of holistic recovery implements very practical, comprehensive ways for the individual to develop a meaningful life both during and after treatment. Holistic treatment is a necessary and important part of substance abuse recovery designed to help the individual reach his full potential while leading a self-directed life.